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Not all is quiet on the western front

(11/18/22 5:00am)

The film opens on a shot of no man’s land, filled with the many bodies of the dead, countless craters and the remnants of shattered defenses hit by artillery. A soldier climbs over the edge of his trench, going “over the top” as part of an assault on the enemy trenches. He fights his way forward as his friends fall around him, eventually getting so close to the enemy that he engages in hand to hand combat , at which point the screen fades to black. It reopens with a shot of a pile of bodies — the soldier’s corpse among them — which have their overclothes stripped before being buried, with the clothes being shipped back home to be cleaned of blood, fixed, and given to a new set of recruits, fresh out of school and ready to serve their country.


Duke Black Student Alliance hosts Black Caucus, shares campus grievances, potential solutions

(11/18/22 2:43am)

Duke Black Student Alliance hosted a Black Caucus at White Lecture Hall Wednesday night, where students shared campus grievances and discussed potential solutions. BSA Advocacy and Black Caucus co-chairs Avery Smedley and Sarah Hasan, both sophomores, and the Advocacy and Black Caucus committee organized the event.






'Amsterdam' review: The stars do not shine

(11/17/22 6:07am)

I did my best to like “Amsterdam.” There was not a single other movie this fall that I was more excited to see. Director David O. Russell’s films “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “American Hustle” (2013) are among the first, if not the first, that come to mind when I think of the excellent kinds of true-to-life dramas and entertaining ensemble films that are no longer being made. But I couldn’t succeed in liking “Amsterdam,” his star-studded tragicomic adventure, which will recall “American Hustle,” only if you saw that film in the haze of a multitude of ill-advisedly mixed substances.